Ranking The Star Wars Films

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We ranked the live-action, theatrically released Star Wars films! Here are the voters:
Matt Waters
Jerome Cusson
Kevin Ford
Ben Phillips
Mike Thomas

Enjoy!

11. Attack of the Colones (dir. George Lucas)

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Top 10 Star Wars Performances

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Star Wars was never really known for its standout performances, but some of the work involved was still quite good! Here were the best of the bunch!

10. Ewan McGregor

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5 Takeaways from the Original Thrawn Trilogy

The original Thrawn trilogy of books has been something I have been meaning to read for years. As someone who has what can most charitably be described as a misguided interest* in the Star Wars book extended universe, I had heard about the books a while ago and never got to them. Having only read the Disney Thrawn books, I decided that was simply unacceptable and finally had to read the originals. Here were my thoughts!

*It’s a crippling addiction.

1. Thrawn is genuinely interesting!

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Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies – The Podcast: Part II (50 – 1)

Jerome Cusson put together a list of 100 favorite movies. This podcast is a discussion of numbers 50-1. Enjoy a three hour discussion of some great moments in cinema. MOVIES!

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There Will Be Movies – Episode 48: Knives Out

Ben Phillips & Matt Waters continue to present 25 of their favourite movies from a given decade, this time with 2010 – 2019.

Is this movie a defining Trumpian work? A giant middle finger to Last Jedi critics? A giant advert for knit-ware? Let’s discuss! Plus one of the best assessments of the top ten highest grossing movies of the year we’ve ever done.

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Top 5 Takeaways from The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

If Mike Thomas can do these, then why can’t I, especially in this holiday season?

I’ve spent a lot of the last six months working through my list of 100* favorite movies of all-time, and this is a chance for me to stretch my writing muscles. Instead of focusing on the very best of cinema, let’s explore a mediocre Star Wars holiday special.

First, it’s worth nothing Life Day was an important part of the first holiday special, one that aired 42 years ago on CBS in front of over 40 million people. Audiences struggled through 15 minutes of unsubtitled wookie conversation, Harrison Ford looking like he had no interest in being there, and Bea Arthur** stealing the show by earnestly singing a song in the Mos Eisley Cantina. The people behind this special lowered the stakes quite a bit by making it a lego animated special.

Set around the first celebration of Life Day since whatever version of the empire versus rebel conflict has ended, Rey is training force sensitive Finn and once again is trying to find her way in the world and searches around for a mentor. The special takes us around the world of the franchise and shows other characters preparing to celebrate Life Day on the Millenium Falcon. They even paid Kelly Marie Tran to utter more dialogue here than she did in Rise of Skywalker! Without further adieu, here are my top five takeaways. Continue reading Top 5 Takeaways from The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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The Movie: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

One Sentence Plot Summary: Rian Johnson made a billion dollar Star Wars movie, but a certain portion of the fandom complained so much that JJ Abrams tried to wipe it all away in a movie that made less than this one (and in that same Oscar cycle, Johnson got nominated for an Academy Award). Continue reading Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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The Movie: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

One Sentence Plot Summary:  A bad-ass feminist kills a fat capitalist with his own chains, and the rebels are able to successfully overcome the fascists only after accepting a non-normative native culture and using non-violent tactics. Continue reading Jerome’s 100 Favorite Movies Ever: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi